Houston rap vet, Trae Tha Truth, has long been known for giving back to the community. In his city, he’s been honored with an annual “Trae Day” by Major Bill White, due to his many acts of community service.
Taking his commitment a step further, Trae — along with his charitable organization, Angel By Nature (ABN) — is set to open an emergency children’s shelter to temporarily house children who have ended up in the system while a permanent placement can be found.
The official opening of the 3,000 square foot facility, built out to house 20-30 transitional children aged from newborn to 17 years, will take place on November 1st.
Trae was inspired to take on this lofty venture after becoming acquainted with Marilyn Gambrel; a former parole office turned non-profit founder who advocates for children of incarcerated parents through her No More Victims organization. After adopting the charity and being sworn in as an honorary member, the rapper became intimately aware of the problems facing kids who through no fault of their own, ended up in a swamped system.
After witnessing the reality, he felt compelled to do something to help and the ABN facility was born. After discussing his feelings with Angel By Nature Supervisor, Roderick Batson, the idea was born and things were set in motion.
Although Trae recently dropped latest album Street King — a project that features an A-list roster of cameos like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco and Wiz Khalifa — he says this shelter is closer to his heart than all the fame money can buy.
“I’m more happy for this than anything I’ve done.” Trae shares. “These kids are the world. It’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than the city.”
Trae is adamant that his facility be set up in order that the children who pass through it will find both physical comfort and emotional support upon arrival. The facility will be fully furnished, including computers, television, books and games. Support for the shelter has come from unlikely sources, such as Texas Wire Wheels, who donated money to complete the facility’s showers; and Austin promoter Layne Schmerin, who is planning a concert in his city in late October with 35% of the proceeds going to Trae’s shelter.
Day-to-day operations of the shelter will be handled by Roderick Batson.
“The only bad thing is that it’s an emergency shelter,” said Trae. “The kids will only be there a few days. Realistically, I can’t adopt every kid. But this is a start. This is how we can help. I want them to feel comfortable when they’re there. Sometimes they’ll be placed with good families or new families that they don’t know, but when they’re there, I want them to know they are cared about.”
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